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Scrambling for Dollars: International Liquidity, Banks and Exchange Rates

Javier Bianchi, Saki Bigio and Charles Engel
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Saki Bigio: Department of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles and NBER

No 182, Working Papers from Peruvian Economic Association

Abstract: We develop a theory of exchange rate fluctuations arising from financial institutions’ demand for dollar liquid assets. Financial flows are unpredictable and may leave banks “scrambling for dollars.” Because of settlement frictions in interbank markets, a precautionary demand for dollar reserves emerges and gives rise to an endogenous convenience yield on the dollar. We show that an increase in the dollar funding risk leads to a rise in the convenience yield and an appreciation of the dollar, as banks scramble for dollars. We present empirical evidence on the relationship between exchange rate fluctuations for the G10 currencies and the quantity of dollar liquidity, which is consistent with the theory.

Keywords: Exchange rates; liquidity premia; monetary policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-07
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